Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Love You to the Moon and Back

When I saw this Impression Obsession sentiment, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. 
It's a Valentine card for my hubby.  I love the saying!  The sentiment would make a great card for a little one too, I think.

Yes, I actually got a card made ahead of time instead of at the last possible minute. Now, all I have to do is remember where I put it till next February.  Considering the condition of my craft room lately, that could prove to be a very difficult task. 

I sort of picked up when I left for Florida and still can't find the stamp I was planning to use for my Christmas cards this year.  I put it in a very good place (too good a place) for safe keeping till I returned home.  The problem is where could that be!  Perhaps I'll find it in time for next year's cards.

I decided to make a cityscape card.  I love cityscape stamps and have several of them.  This Penny Black stamp is my latest acquisition.  It is stamped with Stampin' Up Going Gray ink.  The moon is from the Crafty Secrets set "Fairies"  I love their vintage style stamps.  The trees are from Stampin' Up!'s Serene Silhouettes set.  I drew the heart on the building from remembering seeing the heart lit up on the Empire State Building on Valentine's Day in the movie "Sleepless in Seattle". 

The buildings and background sky are colored with Copic Markers.  The stars are made with a white gel pen, as are the hand drawn frames.  The sentiment is stamped with VersaMark ink, then heat embossed with white embossing powder.  The red cardstock is Stampin' Up!'s Cherry Cobbler even though it looks more like Real Red in the picture. Xmas Red Stickles were used on the corners and on the heart.

The opening is cut out with the largest Labels Twenty-One die on the black cardstock, which is popped up over the images to make a 5" x 7" card.  The sentiment is also popped up.

This week is going by too quickly. I have too many things to get caught up on after being gone for so long.  Have a great rest of the week.

Up Up and Away! We Don't Get Older - We Just Hit New Heights!

This Stampendous sentiment fits the Art Impressions Girlfriends Balloon stamp perfectly.
Those Girlfriends are such fun - They are always good for a laugh when I see them.

Stamps used:
Girlfriends Balloon - Art Impressions
Landscape, small balloons, clouds, sentiment - Stampendous
Birds - unknown

The card looks complicated, but it's really pretty basic.  Just stamp the scene in Versafine Onyx black ink (no masking at all) and color with Copic markers.  I colored the images first then the background sky.  It's matted on Stampin' Up Midnight Muse cardstock and then popped up with dimensionals on the white 5" x 7" card base. 

The sentiment is stamped on a separate piece of white cardstock, matted on Midnight Muse and then popped up with dimensionals.

Have a super day.
It's cold here (26 degrees this a.m.), but partly sunny.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Halloween Night

A bit late in the season, but this past stamping weekend I finally got a chance to make my first Halloween cards for the year. 

The card below uses the Impression Obsession Shakespeare quote.  I decided I had to have that stamp as soon as I saw it.

Stamps used:
sentiment - Impression Obsession
three alley cats - Custer's Last Stamp
bat background - Hero Arts
tree branch with bats - Penny Black (Hoot of a Time)
Rest In Peace gravestone with scary hand - Stamp Oasis (Rubbernecker stamps)

The finished card is 5" x 7".  The moon was made using a punched 1 3/4" circle mask while sponging the background with Stampin' Up! Going Gray and Memento Gray Flannel.   The mask was then removed and the moon and parts of the background especially around the moon were sponged with orange and yellow Ranger Distress and Memento inks.  The bats were stamped in gray ink as well as the gravestone.  One of the hills was sponged in gray also using a sticky note for a mask.  The rest was stamped and sponged with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink.

The way the background is sponged makes it look a bit like there is an eerie fog or mist in the night air.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by.

A Little Birdie Told Me...

...It's your birthday.  A birthday card for my sister in law.

I used all Stampin' Up! stamps except for the sentiment for this card:
C is for Cat
Cottage Window
Sentiment: Tiddly Inks Hang in There acrylic stamp set
There are two embossing folders used - the top is Tim Holtz's brick wall, the bottom is Flourishes and Dots by Sizzix.
The folders are sponged lightly with Ranger Distress inks. The images and sentiment are stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black ink and clear heat embossed.  The rest of the coloring was done with Copic markers.  The window was cut out and popped up with the cat and bird stamped on a separate paper and placed inside the window. 
Thanks for stopping by.
Have a great day.

A trip to Florida

I've been absent from the stamping world and my crafting room for a little over a month now.  I drove by myself (hubby had to work) 1,200 miles each way to visit my sister and her family in Florida, who I haven't seen in 3 years.  I stopped to see my son on the way down. My sister and I took a side trip to visit my niece and nephew at UF in Gainesville and then went on down to Universal in Orlando for three days.  It was my first visit to Universal and we had an unbelievably fantastic time. The weather was perfect.  Harry Potter was beyond awesome.   We had dinner at the Hard Rock CafĂ© and also at Margaritaville.  We also saw Cirque du Soleil. It is absolutely worth the price of admission.  I am definitely planning on going back to Orlando again.
 Here is a picture of me with Hogwarts Castle in the background.
Cirque du Soleil "tent"
Now I'm home and back to stamping again.  I arrived home in time for a four day stamping and scrapbooking weekend here in town.  I made several cards and finished another one which I will be posting over the next few days.  It's good to be home again, even if it is cold and we've already had some snow flurries.
Have a great week.